Toni Nadal: “I was a difficulty for Rafa, a demanding coach and sometimes very hard”

first_img“If I discuss myself, a good factor I feel was the demand. Rafael was a boy who, from a very younger age, demanded the identical factor within the ultimate of the European Championship as in day by day coachingI feel it was tougher for Rafael to coach with me than to play the European championship.“That day by day requirement is what I feel has led him to develop his situations to the utmost, evidently he has turn into primary due to his effort, due to his expertise, but in addition due to working with nice dedication every single day, “added the person from Manaco.Toni Nadal considers that it’s troublesome to have a determine like Rafael Nadal once more in tennis within the instant future.“It’s very troublesome to say this as a result of he’s a relative, however it isn’t simple for there to be a new Rafael Nadal, as a result of up to now just one surpasses him in Grand Slam tournaments, Roger Federer. “Via the Tennis Academy, which now has a number of branches working on the planet, they hope to transmit the phantasm and love for the game.Toni Nadal defined that the way forward for tennis will probably be quick and with higher bodily preparation than up to now.“All sports activities are transferring in the direction of greater velocity and that’s the way forward for tennis, individuals are getting extra ready, bodily sturdy, and the ball is being pushed quicker, that’s what I feel goes to set the development, however it’s also true that these of the opposite technology proceed to win, “he mentioned. Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of Rafael Nadal, assured this Thursday that he represented “a difficulty” for the event of the race of the winner of 19 Grand Slam tournaments.“I was a difficulty for him, I was a demanding coach, sometimes too onerous, I imagine in toughness as a means not an finish”, Toni Nadal acknowledged when beginning at the present time a camp in Cancun, Mexican Caribbean.Since Rafael was 7 years previous, Toni Nadal turned his shadow to take him to provide “a little extra” in every of his exercises and in day by day life. His strategies, he admits, have been at all times marked by stress and the best demand.He stood behind him in each apply, to not the aspect or far, simply a few steps in order that always I felt the stress of getting somebody watching.In lengthy coaching days, chen fatigue appeared, it was at all times the identical phrase: “a little bit extra” and that, through the years, was what gave Rafael Nadal the psychological energy and the bodily endurance to achieve the top of the hardest tournaments of his profession.Earlier than the media that gathered on the Rafa Nadal Tennis Middle in Cancun, the primary one opened outdoors of SpainToni Nadal assured that he solely obtained one factor from him, the demand.last_img read more

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JDF hunt Senior Cup win against Trelawny FA

first_imgTitle-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will attempt to make it win number two when they take on Trelawny CA in the second round of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium starting today.The matchup will be one of three in Zone A. The others will see St Ann playing host to Hanover at Noranda Bauxite and St Catherine CA hosting St James at Windalco.Over in Zone B, Boys’ Town will entertain St Elizabeth, St Mary will be at home Kensington and Kingston and St Andrew CA will play away to St Catherine CC.Zone C will see Lucas hosting Kingston, Clarendon travelling toUWI and Manchester welcoming Westmoreland.Meanwhile, in Zone D, Police entertain Portland and St Thomas will be at home to Melbourne.JDF seek third titleThe army men, who are seeking a third successive hold on the crown, will enter the contest following an eight-wicket win over St Catherine CA at Up Park Camp last weekend.Trelawny, in the meanwhile, will be seeking to bounce back after going down by nine wickets to Hanover CA.”Based on out last outing, and the result from the Trelawny game, we are looking to take full points from match,” said Mark Gray coach of JDF.”We will, however, not be complacent and intend to bring all our experience and quality to the encounter.”Trelawny, according to manager Chester Anderson, are also optimistic.” I am hoping that for us it was first game blues and we will improve against the JDF,” said Anderson. “They’re a good team, but if we can improve on our outfield performance we can put up a good showing,” said Anderson.last_img read more

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Jamaica going after major golf tourney

first_imgTwo decades after Jamaica last hosted a major international golf tournament, the country is positioning itself to host another in just about two years’ time.Between 1991 and 1995, Jamaica hosted the Johnnie Walker World Golf Champion-ship that was supposed to rival golf’s four major tournaments. But, after witnessing the likes of Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Larry Mize and Nick Faldo winning here, Jamaica has not had another opportunity to see first-hand the world’s best players in action on the island after the tournament was discontinued in 1995.Now, Jamaica could be set to host another major international tournament, having opened discussions with the Professional Golf Association (PGA), with the intention of bringing such a tournament here.To raise the much-needed awareness, Jamaica, through Jamaica Sports, an entity launched in 2014 to help Jamaica benefit from sports tourism-related initiatives, has partnered with the Golf Channel to show off the Tryall and Cinnamon Hill golf courses, which are regarded among the best in the Western Hemisphere.The feedback has been very positive and is why Jason Hall, deputy director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, believes Jamaica’s prospects are good.”I am extremely optimistic,” he said, “given the fact that we have the destination, we have the infrastructure, we have the golf courses, we have the rooms, and we have the airlift. Most destinations don’t have these things in place, so for us it’s very real.””It’s now a question of concerting among ourselves to pool the funding required,” he continued. “The next step is to identify the funding mechanism because, at the end of the day, we need to corral corporate sponsorship in such a way, getting all the stakeholders involved, because everybody benefits, the hotels benefit, the destination benefits, it’s a veritable economy. So it’s a question of bringing all of those entities together to then have a value proposition to present to the PGA.”Discussions, he said, have begun with the PGA, but they are still relatively embryonic.changed requirements”You have to get a sense of what is entailed, what the PGA requirements are; they have changed a lot since Johnnie Walker. We are also looking for different ways to penetrate this particular initiative, and that’s a function of having really meaningful dialogue. We have an office in the USA; we have been meeting with various executives of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the PGA, looking at broadcast partners, airline partners, hotel partners. These are all critical ingredients in the fashioning of a strategy moving forward to see major golf coming back to this destination,” Hall said.Hall was reluctant to speculate about the potential cost of hosting such a tournament, but on the face of it, those costs could run into several million US dollars.”Having a major tournament here, prize money; these guys earn a lot of money,” Hall said. Checks by The Gleaner revealed that prize money for a major golf tournament can exceed US$10 million, with the winner’s purse often exceeding US$1 million.”That’s one aspect. In addition to that, there is the whole business of getting the media component – live coverage of the event; this is not stuff that is streamed. We, fortunately, have that capacity here and so we have quite a few of the elements in place already, it’s just a question of how we canposition ourselves and synergise among them to deliver what we feel would be a first-class product.”He was quick to point out that the steps to hosting a major tournament might involve hosting a smaller tournament first. A preliminary step, he said, might involve the staging of ‘a dot-com championship’ which is the layer below PGA. “We are exploring those opportunities as well, but at the end of the day, we feel we have a competitive advantage.”last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgTolan, new Pan Am badminton bossJamaica’s Vishu Tolan is the new president of the Pan Am Badminton Confederation. He was elected with overwhelming support from the region’s badminton associations at the elections held on August 2 in Tijuana, Mexico.Other members of the new executive are deputy president Peter Golding (Canada), vice-presidents Xavier Orozco – VP North America; Generoso Castillo (Dom Rep) – VP Caribbean; Zarco Kucic – VP South America; and Chepe del Busto (Guatemala) – VP Central America.A release from the Jamaica Badminton Association said Tolan’s main thrust during his four-year term will be an expansion of the number of countries that play badminton in the region from 33 to 40. The new president, a strong proponent of the development of the sport in the US, will make every effort to spread the game to more areas in the US and in schools.He will also focus on the development of females in all areas of the sport in an effort to ensure that the numbers grow and that there is gender equality. His administration will also encourage the development of high-performance centres for the region in an effort to increase the number of players that can qualify and compete for the Olympics and World Championships.Life bans for Bracciali, StaraceROME (AP):The Italian tennis federation has banned Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace for life for match-fixing.The federation performed its own investigation after a probe by judicial authorities in Cremona that used intercepted phone and Internet conversations to show that the players fixed matches.They face charges of criminal association.In a 2007 conversation between Bracciali and an accountant, who was arrested in 2011, Bracciali allegedly discussed fixing a match in Newport, Rhode Island.In 2011, an owner of a betting parlour later arrested was allegedly heard saying Starace agreed to sell the result of a final in Casablanca.While acknowledging that the duo represented Italy “with passion” in Davis Cup for many years, president Angelo Binaghi said thefederation may sue the players for damages if they are convicted.Kohlschreiber, Mathieu in finalKITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP):Philipp Kohlschreiber ended top-seeded Dominic Thiem’s 10-match winning streak yesterday, setting up a final against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France at the Generali Open.The sixth-seeded German defeated Thiem 6-0, 7-6 (6) in the semi-final of the season’s last clay-court event. The 21st-ranked Austrian was coming off back-to-back tournament wins in Umag and Gstaad.Earlier, qualifier Mathieu defeated Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first ATP final in six years.Kohlschreiber, who is 3-1 against Mathieu, also reached the final here in 2012 when he lost to Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Kohlschreiber is aiming for his sixth career title, Mathieu for his fifth.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postWeather: Fine Track: GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. *FORCE DE JOUR SEllis 54.02. COUNTRY TRAIN WHenry 51.0 1L3. SHADE OF BEAUTY RHalledeen 55.0 3 1/2L4. GAGA LADY AChatrie 54.0 1 1/2LFinal Time : 1:08.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.1WIN: $63.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Winner : 4yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTE & PERCIVAL A. HENRY & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGHBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $101.00 Ex: $192.00Trifecta: $89.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SWEET DIMENSION SMuir 52.02. SIR BIGGS WHenry 54.0 6/1 NK3. *STIR IT UP SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L4. DEMOLITION BOY JErwin 54.0 14 1/2LFinal Time : 1:44.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:12.4WIN: $162.00PLACE: $54.00, $67.00, $53.00Winner : 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – BROWN SUGARTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : TAINIYA KERRBred by TAINIYA KERRQu: $414.00 Ex: $654.00D/E: $206.00Superfecta: $1,273.00TERREMOTO TROPHYRace 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $850,000) NB2-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)1. *DREAMLINER RHalledeen 54.02. VISION OWalker 53.0 63. JAMAI RAJA PFrancis 51.5 2 1/2L4. FEDORA SEllis 53.0 1 1/4LFinal Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.0WIN: $84.00Winner : 2yo ch colt – PORTO SANTO – GOLDEN OLYMPIOTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : VON G WHITEBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $480.00 Ex: $394.00D/E: $281.00Trifecta: $1,614.00Rolling Triple: $291.00Race 4 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. *MARISHA STAR WHenry 52.02. EXPRESS TRUCK AMartin 55.0 7L3. PECKARONI HLewis 53.0 9L4. STAROFTHETOWN AChatrie 52.5 4LFinal Time: 1:45.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.0, 1:14.0,WIN: $108.00PLACE: $75.00, $84.00, $304.00Winner : 5yo ch mare – COLONY LIGHT – SEEING THE STARSTrainer : COLIN BLAIR Owner : ERROL MORGANBred by ERROL MORGANQu: $387.00 Ex: $529.00D/E: $217.00Superfecta: $8,808.00Rolling Triple: $659.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. *SOUTHERN CRUISE SEllis 53.02. BRAWN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L3. WAHEED NAJMAH OWhite 50.0 9 1/2L4. BALLON D’OR SMuir 51.5 1/2 LFinal Time : 1:32.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.2, 1:11.2WIN: $83.00PLACE: $51.00, $59.00, $62.00Winner : 3yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner: HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $142.00 Ex: $174.00D/E: $159.00Trifecta: $153.00Rolling Triple: $330.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. DOC HOLIDAY AChatrie 57.02. BRAVE PROSPECT OWalker 56.0 3L3. PRINCE OSHAUN SBlake3 51.0 2L4. ETERNAL JOY KRobinson 53.0 3 1/2L5. GO TO HELL WHenry 52.0 1/2 L6. SINK THE BISMARCK JAnderson 52.5 1/2LLate scratch : #9 WAR CHIPFinal Time : 1:22.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, 1:14.1WIN: $192.00PLACE: $88.00, $164.00, $298.00Winner : 5yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD – SI MI TRIALTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT DARBY (SR)Bred by EDISON CHAIQu: $525.00 Ex: $1,016.00D/E: $291.00Trifecta: $3,126.00Hit-6 carry-over : $78,891.15Rolling Triple: $477.00Pick-4: $832.00Super-6 : $1,475.40Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE (NW1 OV LIFETIME)1. OFFICIAL REPORT RLahoe 51.52. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 14/1 1/2L3. LASTOCHKA JErwin 53.0 NK4. JUNIOR DON SBlake3 50.0 3/4LNOTE: WOMAN IS BOSS won but was subsequently disqualified.Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,WIN: $711.00PLACE: $190.00, $146.00, $165.00Winner : 5yo b mare – BURNING MARQUE – SPECIAL CLEARANCETrainer : PHILLIP LEE Owner : PAUL A WILLIAMSBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $1,747.00 Ex: $3,341.00D/E : $4,814.00Superfecta: $5,956.00Rolling Triple: $5,044.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. ACTION MAN OWalker 53.02. *REGALLY BOLD WHenry 54.0 4 L3. SILVER CLOUD PFrancis 51.5 1 1/4L4. SEEKING HOPE OFoster 54.5 1 1/2L5. TROJAN SEllis 53.0 1 1/4LNOTE: REGALLY BOLD won but was subsequently disqualified.Final Time : 1:20.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, 1:12.3WIN: $258.00PLACE: $88.00, $78.00, $88.00Winner : 3yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – ANASTASIATrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner : LORENZO B ROBINSONBred by NORRIS PHINNQu: $1,464.00 Ex: $1,946.00D/E: $5,219.00Trifecta: $2,368.00Hi-5: $11,630.00Rolling Triple: $13,126.00NIGEL B. NUNES MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. TYPEWRITER ISpence 57.02. TIMEFORARMS SBlake3 53.0 2L3. *FRANFIELD SEllis 53.0 8L4. MILITARY MOVE OWhite 50.0 3LFinal Time : 1:56.0 Splits : 26.3, 50.2, 1:14.4, 1:41.0WIN: $170.00PLACE: $90.00, $118.00, $65.00Winner : 6yo b horse – WESTERN CLASSIC – DOCS’ PALADINTrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : ROBERT F. CHUNG & W.P. V. CHUNGBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $2,609.00 Ex: $1,009.00D/E: $1,235.00Trifecta: $1,343.00Rolling Triple: $19,591.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $110,0 SINCE APRIL 291. MIRACLE RECOVERY SBlake3 50.02. JUST LIKE EMMA OSimpson3 52.0 2L3. AWESOME MARQUE SMuir 53.0 2L 156.004. *GRANDE MARQUE WHenry 52.0 3L5. FIRST’K’BOY RMairs 53.5 Neck6. RULES OF THE CAT OWalker 53.0 1 3/4LLate scratch : #12 EXCLUSIVE PRINCE, #15 BADGE EIGHTY THREEFinal Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.1WIN: $268.00PLACE: $90.00, $284.00, $156.00Winner : 8yo b mare – FOOTLOOSE II – LOST THE EXITTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM Owner : MICHAEL BEECHAMBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $4,904.00 Ex: $12,053.00D/E: $1,496.00 (3-12) $113.00Trifecta: $9,504.00Hi-5 carry-over : $46,881.25Rolling Triple: $15,668.00Pick-4: $234,048.00Super-6: $340,978.30 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $25,330.00 (8 OF 9) (7-2-6-4-11-2-4-3-10) $259.50 (7 OF 9)last_img read more

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Palmer stars in Scorpions win

first_imgNew Jamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer delivered his first telling performance of the season when he scored an unbeaten half-century to guide his team to a three-wicket win over the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in their fourth-round WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.The 23-year-old, whose highest score was 35 in six innings prior to this encounter, stroked a well-played 51, as the Scorpions, set a modest victory total of 150 late on the third day, got to their target at 150 for seven.Scores: Hurricanes 164 and 228; Scorpions 243 and 150 for seven.A pleased Palmer expressed relief at the end.”It was a bit close in the end, but it’s the game of cricket, and about who executes better under pressure, and we did that,” he said.Starting the day 112 for three and holding a 33-run lead, the Leewards were pegged back by ever-reliable spinner Nikita Miller.Bowling with customary bounce and turn, man-of-the-match Miller picked up four for 71 for match figures of eight for 124. He had taken four for 53 in the first innings. Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs supported with three for 72.Opener Shane Jeffers, who was 55 not out overnight, went on to score 61 to emerge as the Hurricanes’ top batsman, while Orlando Peters made 52.The Scorpions began their victory chase just before the tea break and were 29 for one at the break.They collapsed after the break, losing wickets at regular intervals, and at one stage were struggling at 84 for five.However, the left-handed Palmer, who grew in confidence as his innings progressed, hit six sweetly timed fours and kept his nerves to anchor his team home. He spent two hours and 32 minutes at the crease, and faced 127 balls. David Bernard made 36 and shared a crucial 57-run stand with Palmer for the sixth wicket.Cornwall took four for 39 to also end the match with eight wickets. He took four for 76 in the Scorpions’ first innings.”We didn’t take our half-chances, particularly in the first innings when we had them at one stage 69 for six, and in the end they cost us,” Leewards captain Steve Liburd said.The victory was Jamaica’s third in a row after four matches, while, for the Leewards, it was their fourth defeat in as many games.AT GRENADA NATIONAL STADIUM: Windward Island Volcanoes, chasing a winning target of 339, were 40 without loss at stumps.Scores: BARBADOS PRIDE 296 (Kyle Corbin 68, Shamarh Brooks 51; Liam Sebastien 4-68, Dalton Polius 3-30) and 261 for 7 dec (Roston Chase 71, Shamarh Brooks 66; Shane Shillingford 3-76).VOLCANOES 179 (Liam Sebastien 40; Alston Bobb 40; Kevin Stoute 4-30, Miguel Cummins 3-42) and 40 without loss.AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, trailing Guyana Jaguars by 214 runs, were 51 for two in their second innings at the end of the third day.Scores: RED FORCE 210 (Uthman Muhammad 53, Marlon Richards 53; Chris Barnwell 5-32, Veerasammy Permaul 3-59) and 51-2.JAGUARS 475 all out (Assad Fudadin 102, Leon Johnson 92, Shiv Chanderpaul 82, Christopher Barnwell 79; Yannick Ottley 3-17, Imran Khan 2-14).SCOREBOARDHurricanes second innings(112-3 overnight)C. Hughes lbw b Miller 27S. Jeffers c Jacobs b Mindley 61D. Cruickshank c Bernard b Jacobs 14N. Bonner b Mindley 10O. Peters run out 52S. Liburd c Palmer b Miller 8J. Hamilton c wk Baugh b Jacobs 2R. Cornwall c wk Baugh b Jacobs 16J. Taylor not out 24G. Tonge c Campbell b Miller 6A. Joseph lbw b Miller 0Extras (b4,lb1,w1.nb2) 8Total (all out, 91.4 overs) 228Fall of wickets: 1-71,2-94,3-112,4-127,5-157,6-161,7-182,8-220,9-228.Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-34-0, Mindley 12-8-18-2, Miller 43.5-12-71-5, Campbell 3-0-15-0, Lambert 3-0-13-0, Jacobs 26-2,72-3Scorpions second inningsJ. Campbell c Peters b Cornwall 15P. Palmer not out 51K. Edwards c Liburd b Cornwall 4A. McCarthy C wk Hamilton b Cornwall 13T. Lambert c Peters b Cornwall 6C. Baugh run out 2D. Bernard c Bonner b Cornwall 36N. Miller run out 8Damion Jacobs not out 1Extras (b12,lb2) 14Total (7 wkts, 40.5 overs) 150Fall of wickets: 1-20,2-44,3-70-4-77,5-84,6-141,7-149Bowling:Tonge 8-2-26-0, Joseph 3-0-17-0,Cornwall 15-3-39-5, Taylor 10-0-26-1, Hughes 4.5-0-28-0Man-of-the-match: Nikita MillerToss: Hurricanes.Umpires: Verdayne Smith, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

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Follow The Trace | Strange, dubious, vindictive

first_img Done well Strange, dubious, vindictive, envious are but a few of the more decent adjectives being used to describe the possible motives of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO) decision to appeal the one-year ban handed down by the independent disciplinary panel to cricketer Andre Russell for his anti-doping rule violation. The consensus across Jamaica seems to be loud and clear, JADCO is being excessive and overbearing in its quest to ‘get’ the top-flight all-rounder. Russell himself admitted he is distraught, confused and befuddled by the apparent ‘witch-hunt’, after being resigned to serving the designated one-year punishment for his indiscretions. It is nothing short of puzzling as to what the exact motives of JADCO are in appealing the initial one-year suspension, in search of the two-year maximum. Is it another case of the ‘house slave’ pandering to his masters? Could it conceivably be old-fashioned ‘Jamaican badmind’? After all, Russell has certainly done very well for himself from his exploits on the cricket pitch and he is arguably the most successful Twenty20 cricketer in the world, having played key roles in the winning of every elite franchise title on show, achievements which no doubt allow him to command lucrative deals in the vibrant T20 open market. A poor boy from St Catherine who has come good, daring to scoff at and ignore the beck and call of the master’s representatives. When he was finally nabbed by the long arm of the law, It was time to remind Russell that he is from the wrong side of the fence, not just by administering punishment commensurate with the crime, but by sinking their claws into his flesh, gouging out his eyes, emasculating and reminding him that he is nothing but a ‘lucky boy’, who must know his place and get back in line. Remnants of the old slave plantation, only this time the masters are all Jamaicans, and all blacks. This attitude is much more widespread in Jamaica than we all care to admit. The trendy ‘Jamaica’ no problem t-shirts, and the platitudinous spouting of that famous ‘one love’ clichÈ aside. There remain visible and not so visible lines of social and class division. Our big sports stars and entertainers, through their international success, have elevated themselves financially, but let us not fool ourselves. The Usain Bolt experience in his town house complex was one such reminder that Russell’s prolonged troubles, in this case, is but another. The irony is that some of these very same Jamaicans who perpetuate these divisions, sit on their verandahs or on their town house balconies and with every sip of wine, they question the rebellious and often vicious pushback of the young generation. They do not realise that the seeds for much of this viciousness is sewn in the very same attitude that seeks to unjustifiably suppress and keep them and their heroes like Russell in check. Honest, hard-working and successful Jamaican heroes should be celebrated, and not crucified without just cause. The Andre Russell saga provides good teachable moments for those who wish to learn. It intertwines the best of us as a people with the worst of us as a people. A young Jamaican who climbed up the ladder of his chosen field, coming face to face with the proverbial crab in the barrel element that seeks to check his progress. That is the reality that rips at the heart of our contemporary existence. This is Jamaica, land we are all supposed to love; but tell that to Russell who, it appears, is being punished not just for his mistakes, but also for his success.last_img read more

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Foster’s Fairplay | Respect the fans

first_imgThis is the week of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships (Champs). It is not unusual in this corner of the globe, and more increasingly, elsewhere as well, for all non-related activity to be placed on hold to accommodate the news from competition bubbling at the country’s National Stadium. The rivalry this year will be at maximum intensity, triggered by a now-settled but debilitating fuss as to whether a young man from the African continent should or should not be allowed to run alongside what are really his own people. But before Foster’s Fairplay gets to the meat of the matter, there are some tempers to be soothed. Last week’s column brought protests from two distinguished members of the Kingston College family. Further information is that there were more, but reference is hereby made to the ones seen by the writer. The article implicated the principal of the named high school in certain unwelcome remarks on local radio. He should have not been so accused, having played no part in the discussion between two top executives of the Champs governing body, the InterSecondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA). It was a case of inaccurate reporting on the part of Foster’s Fairplay and, as such, an apology is in order. It is now given without reservation to the Kingston College principal and any member of the school’s fraternity who might have been offended. While recognising the enormity of the task that the distribution of Champs tickets entails, one is reluctant to come down too heavily on the already burdened organisers. It is simply that they are being asked to do a little more in support of the multitude of fans who are without access to tickets. The conclusion is drawn as a result of a little exercise to test the waters to ascertain the status of persons who were forced to seek alternate means of watching Champs as entry to the Stadium is proving to be so much of a problem. An announcement on social media that five season tickets were available at a cost was met by calls from over 30 individuals, each seeking multiple tickets. What was striking about the requests was that they all came from Kingston College people, whom one would have thought represented the core of supporters of the big event over the years. The fact that they, of all people, were caught empty-handed and with minimal possibility of getting through the turnstiles, told a compelling story – several long time fans are being disenfranchised, unable to partake in what had become a habit. Customers, at all levels, whether in or out of sporting endeavour, need to be respected. It is their input, over time, on which a lot of the success of our sporting people, is built and sustained. So what can be done to save that type of person – perennial supporters – from being denied the opportunity to be a part of the live audience at an occasion in which their interest runs deeply. One is not sure how much thought has been given by ISSA to setting up television screens strategically placed in different regions of the island, where patrons, left without the Stadium option, can go and enjoy the spectacle, even if it means reduced passion and excitement. One thing for sure is that the rivalry, school against school, will not be absent. It could be an interesting challenge for the organiser’s to create an atmosphere where those attending would have access to paraphernalia to identify the Fortis and the Rabalac or any other school that wishes to be so labelled. An additional suggestion is that every so often, there could be shots of the frenzied crowd action beamed in all directions to show what is happening at each of the other viewing centres. Foster’s Fairplay concedes that the hype and razzmatazz on show at the National Stadium is unique, but the placing of Champs centres throughout the country would at least be an attempt to satisfy patrons who are now disgruntled. Too many who have been accustomed to being at the Stadium for this talent-riddled event have been virtually locked out for sheer lack of adequate space to accommodate them. Spreading the entertainment and resultant joy over a wider area should be a consideration to be explored. Try it nuh, ISSA. – For feedback, email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. DISENFRANCHISED FANSlast_img read more

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Serena Williams on her first million-dollar check and the gender pay gap

first_imgWilliams started playing pro when she was 13, and has been accepting professional-level sums since. But she says she’s never been too interested in money.“When I first turned pro, I had to go pick up my check. I never, never picked it up,” she relates. “So at the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it. I just played for the love of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She continues, “I’ve actually never played for money. I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check.”When she received her first million dollars, she had no clue on what to do with it. “I never touched [the money] — just put it in the bank,” she shares, and admits she didn’t know how to properly deposit it. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer She credits American tennis great Billie Jean King for making prize money equal in Grand Slam tournaments and wants to continue her path. “Venus and I definitely do a lot of work. At the Grand Slam, it’s definitely equal; at other tournaments it’s almost there, which is fine too, we’re getting there, but it’s a work in progress and we continue to fight the good fight.”At the Western & Southern Open in  2016, Williams received $495,000 while Roger Federer earned $731,000 for winning the same trophy.She explains, “If I were a man, it would be a different story. I feel like if I’ll be able to open the door for the next person, that means a lot for me too, and hopefully they’ll be able to do better than me.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded complimentSerena Williams does a Demi Moore, 26 years later Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup Image: INQUIRER.net Stock PhotoTop-ranked tennis player Serena Williams shared her views on money as one of the highest earning athletes in the world.She talked about making millions at a young age with sports business manager Maverick Carter on his video series “Kneading Dough”. The show is produced through Uninterrupted, LeBron James’ media company.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’”Her father who coached her and sister Venus allowed them to make their own financial decisions as teenagers. She credits her humble upbringing to never wanting for much.“I never ever, ever felt broke,” she tells Carter. “Looking back, I’m like, wow, we lived in a two-bedroom house with seven people… I don’t know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. So I never felt when I came into money that I needed to go buy this [or that] because I never wanted it, so it was a great way [to grow up].”Even with 23 Grand Slam titles—not counting doubles titles with her sister—what matters to her is leveling the playing field between women and men in sports. She and Venus have been outspoken about the gender pay gap in tennis.“You sacrifice so much, just as much as the guy next to me that’s training everyday, but he gets to be paid more. How do you explain that? I could never really understand that.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Woman named to head sports federation in Saudi first

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